Ridley is a precision route runner. He has no wasted motion in his movements and he uses this to create separation from defensive backs. Ridley has superb footwork at the top of his routes. He has top-level speed. Opposing defenses know this and Ridley takes advantage of the cushion he often receives. Coming from Alabama you would expect him to be an effective blocker in the run game and he doesn’t disappoint.
Calvin Ridley has been one of the most productive wideouts over the last three years. He dominated against SEC competition. I can only imagine how much better Ridley could have been with a top quarterback. His age is a small concern but not one I expect to impact his final draft grade. I think Calvin Ridley will be selected in the first twenty picks of the first round.
Ridley will be a 24-year old rookie and some teams are likely to hold that against him. I think he needs to do a better job of high pointing the football in jump ball situations. Ridley will also drop the occasional pass.
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224 receptions, 2781 yards, 19 touchdowns
Today we are going to look at one of the best wide receiver prospects in this year’s draft class. Calvin Ridley was the top high school WR recruit in his class and the 9th best overall player. A five-star prospect from Monarch HS (Coconut Creek, FL), he held offers from all of the top schools you would expect, but only took an official visit to Tuscaloosa. Ridley exploded onto the scene as a true freshman with 89 catches for 1045 yards and seven TDs. His numbers never reached that plateau again with less stable QB play. Ridley still finished his career in the Crimson Tide record books, having the second highest number of catches and receiving touchdowns.
2016: Mississippi State
2017: Fresno State, LSU, Clemson (CFP), Georgia (NCG)